At the start of 2018, we visited R.A.H.M.E.N.L.O.S, a 1/2 region setting, designed by the Rahmenlos-Chaos-Team (R.C.T.). They themselves and the parcel thus:
We are a mixed troupe from different German-speaking areas. And as different we are, R.A.H.M.E.N.L.O.S. is too. Everyone of us got involved with his own ideas and personality. And the result is really good. Whether you like beach, nice landscape, [a] City or Club … hidden places or just much small things to explore: everyone will find his favourite place!
Back at the start of the year, R.A.H.M.E.N.L.O.S offered a mixed semi-urban / semi-rural setting, providing a pleasant mix of places to explore. This was still somewhat the case during our November visit, but with enough changes to make a return an interesting exploration.
The landing point sits on the east side of the region, on the uplands and just outside a Tuscan villa. However, as the landing point isn’t enforced, those using the “old” landmark for the parcel may find themselves on the west coast, marked by a small harbour and two large warehouse buildings. One of these is home to the group’s art gallery, the other is home to the R.A.H.M.E.N.L.O.S club – actually one of two, the other being overhead.
This second club is reached via the parcel’s teleport system, which includes a number of other destinations dotted around and over the land, some of which are only available to R.A.H.M.E.N.L.O.S group members. This system is cleverly disguised – a sign here, a tree stump there, a disused subway station entrance, etc. However, each is denoted by a sign board or sign post. Unfortunately, during our visits, I admit to finding the teleport system unreliable: at times a button failed to deliver me to the expected destination.
However, clicking the signs alongside each teleport point will provide a note card of the various points of interest (in English and in German), and it’s worthwhile obtaining the card, even when exploring on foot, as it offers clues to the various points of interest at ground level.
These locations include the story area that includes one or two secrets, an outdoor ground-level events area, a café and a beach.
What is particularly attractive about this parcel is the smooth blending of the environment from the waterfront, through the little square, through to the country lanes, pass the fields with their animals – including saddled horses with poses for photographs. Throughout all of this are places to sit and enjoy the views and the ambience of the setting.
As far as I’m aware, none of the houses are private residences – several have welcome signs hanging on the doors – so there doesn’t appear to be a risk of trespass when exploring, while the games area, one of which – a chess game enclosed by hedges – I found particularly attractive.
Wonderful photogenic, rich in detail and with plenty to see and enjoy, R.A.H.M.E.N.L.O.S remains a delight to visit and – for the time being at least – remains winter-free for those who may want to avoid the snow for a while longer.
- R.A.H.M.E.N.L.O.S (Sacred Heart, rated: Moderate)